Next up in our series of Transformers Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Wave 3 Galleries we have a look at Sideswipe. Sideswipe is one of the three remolded figures in the assortment. He’s a remold of Autobot Jazz, and he is the most extensively remolded of the three reused molds in this wave.
Starting with the vehicle mode, the new look is very different to Jazz’s car mode, and conveys that sleek, powerful look the Sideswipe character is usually known for. So far so good. Robot mode though was where Jazz was at his weakest, sorry to say the same is true of Sideswipe. The remolding to give Sideswipe his game-accurate spoiler has removed the peg that was on the Jazz version of the mold that helped the back to peg in. What this means is now the robot mode’s upper torso rests on two clips near the shoulders, and they like to pop out quite often. There’s also something a bit off in the whole face sculpt. That being said, the gun – which has an extending barrel in a nice touch – is a very welcome addition, but is generally too heavy for Sideswipe to hold properly, especially with the aforementioned shoulder issues.
All in all, Sideswipe is easily the weakest release of the wave. One for fans of the character or the overall design style, but not one I’d recommend over the other toys in the assortment, especially with Starscream, Kickback and Air Raid in the same cases.